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The ACT Young People’s Plan 2009-2014 Annual Progress Report 2010 outlining the progress against the five key priority areas for action across the ACT Government and community sector under the five key priority areas can also be accessed through the Community Services Directorate and the Youth InterACT websites.

The website links are: Youth InterACT and Community Services Directorate

(d) The progress since 1 July 2011 to 7 December 2011 regarding young people transitioning from care is that 14 young people have left care. Of these 14 young people, 14 leaving care plans were filed and 12 leaving care conferences were completed before the young people left care. Two leaving care conferences were not held because one young person now resides in NSW and is in the guardianship of the NSW Guardianship Tribunal. This young person’s case manager did participate in meetings to facilitate the transfer of the young person to NSW. The other young person also resides in NSW and has appropriate supports in place provided by NSW Family and Community Services.

2) The overseas recruitment campaign commenced in March 2011 (2010/2011) – 39 overseas applicants have taken up offers of appointments. 19 overseas recruits have commenced work with care and protection services since 5 September 2011 (2011/2012) and are all currently working for care and protection services it is anticipated that a further 20 overseas recruits will commence by March 2012.

3) Overseas recruits are provided with a comprehensive orientation and induction process. A comprehensive suite of training is offered to all new recruits which is tailored to include educative components to orientate new recruits to Australian culture and customs. All overseas recruits also are provided with a cultural awareness program in Aboriginal and Torres strait Islander culture.

4) Care and Protection Services expects to be on fully staffed by March 2012. The Directorate will continue to recruit based on projected needs to maintain capacity.

5) During 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 Care and Protection Services have undertaken extensive local and national recruitment for frontline Care and Protection Workers.

Bimberi Youth Justice Centre—review
(Question No 1938)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Community Services, upon notice, on 7 December 2011:

(1) In relation to the 2010-11 annual report of the Community Services Directorate, Output 4.1 – Youth Services, p 82, what changes to policies and procedures at Bimberi have been made since the Human Rights Commission issued its report into the youth justice system in the ACT.

(2) Does the Bimberi facility now carry a full complement of staff; if not, why not, and when will it.

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